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Voluntary Standards Cover the Spectrum: From Security Doors to Molded Plastic

New York, Feb 21, 2003

In an effort to communicate the vital role that standards play in daily life, ANSI Online will publish, on an ongoing basis, a series of snapshots of the diverse standards initiatives undertaken in the global and national standards arena, many of which are performed by ANSI members and ANSI-accredited standards developers. Two of the latest selections follow:

Security Doors

From the double doors on a loading dock to an entrance at the Pentagon, security doors help to keep people and property safe. The Hollow Metal Manufacturers Association (HMMA), a division of ANSI member and accredited standards developer National Association of Architectural Metal Manufacturers (NAAMM), provides authoritative and unbiased information regarding the manufacture, design and use of hollow metal products.

NAAMM is currently revising BSR/NAAMM HMMA 862-200x, Guide Specifications for Commercial Security Hollow Metal Doors and Frames. The document is a new specification for hollow metal doors and frames for use in commercial, industrial, and government projects, where security is of paramount concern. Typical applications include office buildings, warehouses, industrial buildings, embassies, convention centers, and government buildings. Performance criteria are established to frustrate forced entry, ballistic penetration, and blast resistance.

Molded Plastic

Plastics play an indispensable role in a wide variety of markets, ranging from packaging and building/construction to consumer and institutional products. The Society of the Plastics Industry (SPI) publishes more than 200 technical bulletins, market research reports, directories, special reports, brochures and safety bulletins covering virtually the entire spectrum of the plastics industry.

Blow molding is a process of forming a molten tube of thermoplastic material, then using compressed air to inflate the tube so that it conforms to the interior of a chilled mold. SPI is currently revising BSR/SPI B151.21-200x, Injection Blowmolding Machinery – Safety Requirements for Manufacture, Care and Use. The requirements of this standard apply to all injection blowmolding machines that process plastic materials and produce and/or deliver a preform that is then blown into the shape of a mold held together by vertically or horizontally acting clamp(s).

This "standards snapshot" was made possible by the steady stream of press information disseminated by standards developing organizations to keep the ANSI Federation abreast of their achievements. As the Institute receives news of published voluntary standards and voluntary standards initiatives with broad appeal and impact, similar articles will be posted to the ANSI Online News page. Please continue to forward your updates to the Communications and Public Relations department at (f) 212.398.0023 or (e) For additional information on the wide array of standards applications, see the Media Tips and Case Studies section of the Institute's website.

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